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Soilwork Stabbing The Drama

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Soilwork - Stabbing The Drama
01. Stabbing the Drama
02. One with the Flies
03. Weapon of Vanity
04. The Crest Fallen
05. Nerve
06. Stalemate
07. Distance
08. Observation Slave
09. Fate in Motion
10. Blind Eye Halo
11. Wherever Thorns May Grow
2005 Nuclear Blast Records

OUR SCORE
3
USER SCORE
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Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 3/19/2005

Damn... I don't even know where to start. This is a hard review for me to write, because I want to explain how irritating this album is, but all I can really come up with is: this is garbage.

I have been a fan of Soilwork for a long time now. They were one of the bands, from Sweden, that I checked out, because I really liked At The Gates and In Flames. I still listen to The Chainheart Machine on a regular basis, and to me, it represents a great part of the Swedish metal scene. However, Stabbing the Drama doesn't seem to represent anything, except mainstream aspirations. I guess if that's what they want to do, then fine, but I won't sit here and pretend this is a good metal album.

Granted, Soilwork has used clean, melodic singing for many previous albums, but this is just flat-out cheesy. These vocals sound straight out of some bullshit nu-metal record. While I was listening to this again, my fiance walked in and asked me why I was listening to "The X", which is a local nu-metal garbage radio station. Half the riffs on this record sound like they were lifted from a Slipknot record. I've seen Slipknot on TV, and heard their music, and when I listen to Stabbing the Drama, all I can picture is guys wearing jumpsuits in the background, banging on beer kegs and trash cans. The slap bass (or maybe it's just a sloppy performance) on "Observation Slave" sounds like Korn, and is unbelievably irritating. To be fair, there are a few moments where Soilwork bring up some decent thrash riffs, but even these moments are nothing to get excited about.

The production on this album is excellent, and really sounds larger than life. Every instrument is balanced, but quite powerful. It's a shame such a good recording was wasted on completely dumb-downed mall-metal.

Bottom Line: Soilwork knows what they are doing, and they do it well, but if they think they are fooling metal fans, they are sorely mistaken. It's really hard for me to come up with much more, because, other than the production, there isn't much I like about this record. Do us all a favor guys, trash the Slipknot records, pull your spiked arm-guards out of the closet, and write a real metal album.

Comments
logan_   posted 9/11/2006 8:08:54 AM
"do you people listen to yourselves when you talk?"
^^^ id hazard a guess that would be "no".
logan_   posted 9/11/2006 8:08:06 AM
there's no Isis worship on this album, so everyone on this site has to hate it...
^^^ dont bother son, its lost on these dicks.
ive commenting on 5 reviews and every person ive read a post by excluding me and you seems to have the mental capacity of an empty pea-pod.
logan_   posted 9/11/2006 8:05:43 AM
"no...f*ck YOU"
^^^ hahaha... i agree but seriously ?
logan_   posted 9/11/2006 8:04:28 AM
"I HATE people that say someone doesnt "get" an album, or band or whatever, shut up. If you write music that people need to "get" then youre a pretentious f*ck and should stop playing music and express yourself with something less intrusive like painting or a sculpture. Because i dont need to worry about accidently hearing that.. f*ck YOU. "
^^^ wtf ? you have to "get" an album you chimpbitch... thats how your taste in music is formed.
if you dont "get" a band then you dont listen to them.
i
T.J._   posted 5/22/2005 5:43:20 PM
Cool album much better than the last In Flames and Figure Number Five.

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